lymph

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See also: lymph-

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Borrowed from French lymphe and/or Latin lympha (water). Doublet of nymph.

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  • IPA(key): /lɪmf/
  • (file)

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lymph (countable and uncountable, plural lymphs)

  1. (obsolete, poetic) Pure water.
    1. (archaic) The sap of plants.
  2. (physiology) A colourless, watery, coagulable bodily fluid which bathes the tissues and is carried by the lymphatic system into the bloodstream; it resembles blood plasma in containing white blood cells and especially lymphocytes but normally few red blood cells and no platelets.
    1. (immunology) The discharge from a sore, inflammation etc.
      • 2000, JG Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, page 268:
        She lay face-down, an infected puncture point on the inside of her thigh oozing a faint lymph.

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